Saturday, April 14, 2018

Gideon Falls #2 Review

Giddy Up!

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Steve Wands
Publisher: Image Comics
Reviewer: Andrew McAvoy

Ever hear the one about the two priests, the garbage picker and the psychiatrist? That's right, after a great start to the series its time for a return to Gideon Falls with issue 2! The opening installment left us with quite an ending, so let's dive in and see how the story continued!

Well, we open with a walk in the park. Norton is exhibiting all the characteristics of a complete addict, albeit that he is addicted to searching through garbage. He is convinced that he is getting sent messages through the pieces he chooses to pick up, and as we saw the last episode he is gradually getting closer and closer to fully decipher the signs. Luckily the closing of the issue shows us that he might have an unlikely fellow believer, although not before he experiences a few major setbacks.

The other tale that runs in parallel (as with the last issue) is Father Wilfred. This poor guy really got the short end of the stick with this new parish. The last issue ended with him looking like he would take the fall (or at the very least have a hell of a hard time explaining) being out in the middle of a field with a recently murdered old parishioner. Happily, for us readers, his misfortune is our good luck, as we are treated to some wonderfully cynical cops down at the local cop shop.

Andrew Sorrentino's art, coupled with the choices of colors from Dave Stewart really capture his paranoia which heightens in scale as the issue proceeds. There is a great strategic use of red throughout the book which serves as a highlighter for important moments. Also, there is a slight widening of the palette choices as we continue through this tale, the wider selection of colors reflecting the broadening out of the cast and geography of the book.

Bits and Pieces:

A strong opening installment is followed by an equally strong second outing. A solid story from Lemire combined with more great art from Sorrentino and Stewart. Highly recommend this book, particularly if you like a mystery with a supernatural element. A great read.


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